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Renishaw helps hand-powered cyclists make history

05 November 2018

At the World Human Powered Speed Challenge at Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA, Paralympian Karen Darke, MBE and Ken Talbot broke world records for both male and female arm powered speed.

By reaching 46.05mph and 51.86mph respectively, Darke and Talbot are now the first and second fastest hand cyclists in history, with Darke exceeding the previous men’s record. The records were achieved using a bike created through the ARION4 project run by the University of Liverpool Velocipede Team (ULV Team), with the support and expertise of engineering companies such as Renishaw.

On Wednesday September 12, Darke set the female world record, reaching a speed of 41.86mph in 2.5 miles. This exceeded the previous female record by 17mph, clearly securing the win for the ARION4 team. On the same day, Talbot raced with the aim of adding to the team’s achievements. Talbot raced the five mile course and reached a speed of 51.86mph, breaking the world record and becoming the first hand cyclist to cycle over 50mph in history.

Read the full article in the November issue of DPA 

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